Return to home922 Mar 27,
Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur (64), Persian mystic, was
1194 Mar 27, The
Archbishop of Canterbury, on behalf of King Richard I, talked with
the rebels inside the castle at Nottingham, who soon surrendered.
(ON, 8/07, p.10)
1350 Mar 27, While besieging
Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castille died of the black death.
1378 Mar 27, Gregory XI,
[Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), died.
1513 Mar 27, Spanish explorer
Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1519 Mar 27, A truce was
arranged with Cortes when Mayan caciques brought food and gold as
well as 20 female slaves. Among these was a young woman from Jalisco
named Marina, who had been stolen from a noble family when small and
sold into slavery, where she learned the language of Yucatán. As a
bilingual translator from Aztec to Mayan, Marina played a major role
in the eventual conquest of Tenochtitlán.
1599 Mar 27, Robert Devereux
became Lt-general of Ireland.
1625 Mar 27, James I (VI),
Stuart king of Scotland (1567), England (1603-25), died. He was
described as the “wisest fool in Christendom."
1625 Mar 27, Charles I (d.1649)
became the English king. He was King of England, Ireland and
Scotland until he was beheaded.
(AP, 3/27/97)(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A12)
1668 Mar 27, English king
Charles II gave Bombay to the East India Company.
1710 Mar 27, Joseph Marie
Clement dall' Abaco, composer, was born.
1746 Mar 27, Carlo Bonaparte,
Corsican attorney, father of emperor Napoleon, was born.
1757 Mar 27, Johann Wenzel
Anton Stamitz (39), composer, died.
1761 Mar 27, Johann Ludwig
Steiner (72), composer, died.
1769 Mar 27, Josef Antonin
Gurecky (60), composer, died.
1770 Mar 27, Giovanni B.
Tiepolo (73), Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), died.
1780 Mar 27, August L. Crelle,
German inventor, mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), was born.
1785 Mar 27, Louis XVII,
Pretender to the throne (1793-1795) during the French Revolution,
was born. His father may have been Marie Antoinette’s Swedish lover,
Count Axel von Fersen.
(HN, 3/27/98)(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A18)(MC, 3/27/02)
1790 Mar 27, The shoelace was
1794 Mar 27, The US Congress
approved "An Act to provide a Naval Armament" of six armed ships.
[see Oct 13, 1775]
1802 Mar 27, The Treaty of
Amiens was signed ending the French Revolutionary War.
1808 Mar 27, Joseph Haydn’s
oratorio "The Seasons," premiered in Vienna.
1809 Mar 27, Georges-Eugene
Haussmann (d.1891), French town planner, was born. He designed
1813 Mar 27, Nathaniel Currier,
lithographer for Currier and Ives, was born.
1814 Mar 27, General Jackson
led U.S. soldiers who killed 700 Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend,
La. [in Northern Alabama] Jackson lost 49 men.
(SFEC, 2/16/97, BR p.4)(HN, 3/27/99)
1836 Mar 27, The first Mormon
temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1836 Mar 27, Mexican Colonel
Jose Nicolas de la Portilla executed his Texan prisoners at Goliad.
Colonel Portilla had the 342 Texians marched out of Fort Defiance
into three columns. The Texians were then fired on at point-blank
range. The wounded and dying were then clubbed and stabbed. Those
who survived the initial volley were run down by the Mexican
1841 Mar 27, The first U.S.
steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
1845 Mar 27, Wilhelm Conrad
Röntgen (d.1923), German scientist, was born. He discovered X-rays
(HN, 3/27/99)(MC, 3/27/02)
1849 Mar 27, Joseph Couch
patented a steam-powered percussion rock drill.
1850 Mar 27, The party of Dr.
Thadeus Hildreth found a 22-pound gold nugget in Tuolemne County,
Ca. The place was initially named Hildreth’s Diggings, then changed
to New Camp, then American Camp and finally Columbia. The population
soon swelled to 15,000.
(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T5)(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T6)(CVG,
Vol 16, p.1)
1851 Mar 27,
Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent d'Indy, composer (Symphonie Cevenole),
was born in Paris.
1855 Mar 27, Abraham Gesner
1860 Mar 27, M.L. Byrn patented
a "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew).
1861 Mar 27, Black
demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars.
1863 Mar 27, Sir Henry Royce,
Rolls Royce founder, was born. [see Mar 26]
1863 Mar 27, Confederate Pres.
Jefferson Davis called for this to be a day of fasting and prayer.
1865 Mar 27, Siege of Spanish
Fort, AL. It was captured by Federals.
1866 Mar 27, President Andrew
Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th
1866 Mar 27, Andrew Rankin
patented the urinal.
1868 Mar 27, John Muir (30)
arrived by steamer in San Francisco and almost immediately set off
on a 300-mile journey to Yosemite Valley along with Englishman
(SSFC, 4/2/06, p.B1)(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.B3)
1871 Mar 27, Heinrich Mann,
Germany, novelist, essayist (Blue Angel); brother of Thomas Mann,
1879 Mar 27, Edward Steichen,
pioneer of American photography, was born.
1884 Mar 27, The first
long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York
City. [see Mar 24, 1883]
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1886 Mar 27, Ludwig Mies Van
Der Rohe, German-US architect (Bauhaus), was born.
1889 Mar 27, John Bright
(b.1811), Quaker and British Radical and Liberal statesman, died. He
was associated with Richard Cobden in the formation of the Anti-Corn
Law League. In 2011 Bill Cash authored “John Bright: Statesman,
1892 Mar 27, Ferde (Ferdinand
Rudolf von) Grof, composer, was born in NY.
1892 Mar 27, Thorne Smith,
author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb), was born.
1893 Mar 27, The American Bell
telephone Company made its first long distance telephone call to its
branch office in New York.
1899 Mar 27, The first
international radio transmission between England and France was
achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.
1900 Mar 27, The London
Parliament passed the War Loan Act which gave 35 million pounds to
the Boer War cause.
1906 Mar 27, Pee Wee Russell,
jazz clarinetist, was born.
1910 Mar 27, John Robinson
Pierce, the father of communications satellites, was born.
1910 Mar 27, Alexander E.
Agassiz (74), US businessman, biologist, geologist, died.
1912 Mar 27, James Callaghan
(d.2005), British prime minister (1976-1979), was born in
(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.A21)
1912 Mar 27, The first cherry
blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.
First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the
Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the
northern bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson
Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the
Japanese government, of 3,020 trees to the US government for
planting along Washington's Potomac River.
1914 Mar 27, Budd Schulberg,
journalist, novelist and screenwriter (What Makes Sammy Run, On the
Waterfront), was born in NYC.
(HN, 3/27/01)(MC, 3/27/02)
1914 Mar 27, 1st successful
blood transfusion took place in Brussels.
1917 Mar 27, Cyrus Vance
(d.2002) was born in Clarksburg. In 1980 President Carter accepted
the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed
the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in
(AP, 4/28/97)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)
1917 Mar 27, The Seattle
Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as
they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1920 Mar 27, Richard Hayman,
bandleader, conductor, pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera), was born.
1923 Mar 27, Louis Simpson,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born.
1924 Mar 27, Sarah Vaughan,
'the Divine One,' jazz singer, was born. She was famous for singing
"What a Difference a Day Makes."
1927 Mar 27, Mstislav Leopold
Rostropovich, cellist, conductor, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan,
1928 Mar 27, The U.S. accepted
the new oil-land laws enacted by Mexico, ending a long-standing
dispute between Mexico and the United States.
1930 Mar 27, David Janssen,
[Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O) and son of Clark Gable, was born
in Naponee, Nebraska.
1930 Mar 27, 1st US radio
broadcast from a ship at sea.
1931 Mar 27, David Janssen
(d.1980), later TV star ("Fugitive," "Harry O"), was born as
(David Harold Meyer) in Naponee, Nebraska.
1931 Mar 27, Charlie Chaplin
received France's distinguished Legion of Honor.
1933 Mar 27, Some 55,000 people
staged a protest against Hitler in New York.
1933 Mar 27, Polythene was
discovered by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.
1933 Mar 27, Japan left the
League of Nations.
1938 Mar 27, The U.S. stopped
buying Mexican silver in reprisal for the Mexican seizure of
American oil companies.
1938 Mar 27, San Francisco SPCA
officer Al Girolo broke up a cockfight at the back of 1363
Underwood Street in Hunters Point. 7 men were arrested and 6
(SSFC, 3/24/13, DB p.42)
1939 Mar 27, The Borley
Rectory, reputedly the most haunted house in England, was severely
damaged by a fire. It was demolished in 1944.
1940 Mar 27, Himmler ordered
the building of Auschwitz concentration camp. [see Feb 21]
1941 Mar 27, Britain leased
defense bases in Trinidad to the U.S. for a period of 99 years.
1941 Mar 27, Tokeo Yoshikawa
arrived in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet
at Pearl Harbor.
1941 Mar 27, Hitler signed
Directive 27 for an assault on Yugoslavia.
1942 Mar 27, Michael York,
actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers), was born in England.
1942 Mar 27-28, Allies raided
the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
(HN, 3/27/98)(MC, 3/27/02)
1943 Mar 27, US began an
assault on Fondouk-pass, Tunisia.
1944 Mar 27, One-thousand Jews
left Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1944 Mar 27, Forty Jewish
policemen were shot in the Riga Latvia ghetto by the Gestapo.
1944 Mar 27, Some 2,000 Jews
were murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania.
(HN, 3/27/98)(MC, 3/27/02)
1945 Mar 27, Ella Fitzgerald
and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It's Only a Paper Moon."
1945 Mar 27, General Dwight D.
Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the
Western Front had been broken.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1945 Mar 27, Iwo Jima was
occupied, after 22,000 Japanese and 6,000 US killed.
1945 Mar 27, US 20th Army corps
1950 Mar 27, Maria Ewing, opera
singer, was born in Detroit, Mich.
1952 Mar 27, Elements of the
U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original
dividing line between the two Koreas.
1952 Mar 27, There was a failed
assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer.
1953 Mar 27, Charles Bohlen was
named the U.S. ambassador to the USSR
1955 Mar 27, Steve McQueen made
his network TV debut on the Goodyear Playhouse.
1956 Mar 27, US seized the US
communist newspaper "Daily Worker."
1956 Mar 27, French commandos
landed in Algeria.
1957 Mar 27, In the 29th
Academy Awards "Around the World in 80 Days" won the Academy Award
for best picture; Yul Brynner won best actor for "The King and I,"
Ingrid Bergman was awarded best actress for "Anastasia" and George
Stevens received best director for "Giant."
1958 Mar 27, The U.S. announced
a plan to explore space near the moon.
1958 Mar 27, CBS Labs announced
new stereophonic records.
1958 Mar 27, The Havana Hilton
1958 Mar 27, Nikita Khrushchev
became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1961 Mar 27, In San Francisco
the hiring of the city’s first Negro milk route driver precipitated
name calling an argument between Mayor George Christopher and Terry
Francois, head of the local NAACP. The mayor said Teamsters Local
226 would not let Negroes into the union. Christopher, owner of
Christopher Dairy Farms, had hired William Garrick (24) to run a
route in South San Francisco serving schools and restaurants.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, DB p.42)
1963 Mar 27, John F. Kennedy
met with King Hassan II of Morocco.
1964 Mar 27, On Good Friday,
Valdez, Alaska, in Prince William Sound was rocked by an 8.6
earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America. In 1977
seismologists pegged the quake at 9.2. It lasted 4 minutes and was
followed by tsunamis and fires and 131 people were killed. Survivors
moved 4 miles west to solid bedrock and rebuilt the town.
(AP, 3/27/97)(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/5/98,
Z1 p.8)(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/99, p.C21)(WSJ, 9/13/01,
p.B11)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)(AP, 3/11/11)
1964 Mar 27, Great Train
Robbers were sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars.
1966 Mar 27, Anti-Vietnam war
demonstrations took place in US, Europe and Australia.
1967 Mar 27, A North Vietnamese
spokesman unequivocally rejected a new peace plan proposed by UN
Sec. General U Thant (1907-1974) on March 14.
1968 Mar 27, Suharto succeeded
Sukarno as president of Indonesia. Gen'l. Suharto thwarted a
Communist coup and gradually assumed power. Thousands of alleged
communists were executed amid widespread violence.
(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.A15)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A17)(MC,
1968 Mar 27, Yuri Gagarin
(b.1934), Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok I) and the first man to orbit the
Earth, died while on a routine training flight out of Chkalovsky Air
1971 Mar 27, PM of India,
Indira Gandhi, expressed full support of her government to the
Bangladeshi struggle for independence. The Bangladesh-India border
was opened to allow the Bangladeshi Refugees safe shelter in India.
1972 Mar 27, The Addis Ababa
accords ended fighting between north and south Sudan. It made the
south a self-governing region. Pres. Gaafar Muhammed Nimeiri ended
the 17 year civil war in the Sudan between the north and south.
1973 Mar 27, Ruth Lewis Farkas
(1907-1996), was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg by Pres. Nixon
after she and her husband, founder of Alexander’s department stores,
contributed $300,000 to Nixon’s re-election campaign.
1973 Mar 27, The 45th Academy
Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
"The Godfather" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but
its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor.
Liza Minnelli won best actress for "Cabaret."
(AP, 3/27/98)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.D1)
1975 Mar 27, The 1st pipe of
the Alaska oil pipeline was laid at Tonsina River.
1975 Mar 27, Arthur Bliss
(b.1891), English composer, conductor (Checkmate), died.
1975 Mar 27, In Laos Communist
Pathet Lao launched an attack against Hmong defenders.
1976 Mar 27, In Washington DC
the first 4.6 miles of track for the Washington Metro was completed.
The Gallery Place metro station opened. Harry Weese (d.1998)
Associates of Chicago did the design work. By 2012 Metrorail had
106.3 miles of track.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.C7)(WSJ, 12/16/98,
1977 Mar 27, A KLM Boeing 747,
attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary
Island of Tenerife. 583 people were killed with 54 survivors.
(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.B7)(AP, 3/27/07)
1978 Mar 27, Bob Fosse's
"Dancin'" opened at Broadhurst Theater in NYC for 1,774
1979 Mar 27, The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled 8-1 that police could not stop motorists at random to
check licenses and registrations unless there was reason to believe
a law had been broken.
1980 Mar 27, Mount St. Helens,
dormant for 123 years, erupted with ash and steam. A crater formed
at the summit and the north flank began to bulge.
1980 Mar 27, The Alexander L.
Kielland, a North Sea Norwegian floating oil field platform,
capsized during a storm killing 123 workers. It was owned by the
Stavanger Drilling Company of Norway and was on hire to the US
company Phillips Petroleum at the time of the disaster.
1982 Mar 27, The musical "Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas" closed at 46th St in NYC after 1577
1983 Mar 27, Neil Simon's
"Brighton Beach Memoirs," premiered in NYC.
1984 Mar 27, "Starlight
Express," a techno musical, roller-skating venture by Andrew Lloyd
Weber and Richard Stilgoe, premiered at the Apollo Victoria Theatre,
1987 Mar 27, The Marine Corps
charged that Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree, a Marine guard, had escorted
Soviet agents through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow -- an accusation
that was later dropped, although Lonetree was convicted of
1988 Mar 27, Jesse Jackson,
rejoicing from an upset victory in Michigan's primary-style caucuses
the day before, vowed that his Democratic presidential campaign
would continue to "win and grow."
1989 Mar 27, Boris N. Yeltsin
and other anti-establishment candidates claimed victory in
parliamentary elections for the new Congress of People's Deputies.
1990 Mar 27, The U.S. began
test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the
1990 Mar 27, Soviet soldiers
began rounding up Lithuanians who had fled the Red Army after the
republic's declaration of independence.
1991 Mar 27, In a surprising
flap, President Bush publicly disagreed with General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, who claimed he had urged further fighting in the
Persian Gulf War at the time Bush ordered a cease-fire. Schwarzkopf
later apologized to Bush.
1992 Mar 27, Democratic
presidential front-runner Bill Clinton, campaigning in New York,
apologized for recently golfing at an all-white club.
1992 Mar 27, German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl met with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim in Munich, a
meeting denounced by Jewish groups because of Waldheim's alleged
involvement with Nazi persecution during World War II.
1992 Mar 27, Lang Hancock
(b.1909), pioneer Pilbara tycoon, died. He was famous for
discovering the world's largest iron ore deposit in 1952 and
becoming one of the richest men in Australia,
1993 Mar 27, A top U.N. relief
official accused Bosnian Serbs of breaking their promises by
blocking an aid convoy for trapped Muslims in eastern Bosnia, a day
after a cease-fire agreement.
1994 Mar 27, More than 40
people were killed as violent thunderstorms tore across the
Southeast. A church in Piedmont, Alabama, collapsed in a tornado and
19 were killed.
1994 Mar 27, Italians went to
the polls in general elections that resulted in big gains for a
1994 Mar 27, Ukraine held its
first parliamentary elections since the collapse of the Soviet
1995 Mar 27, The 67th Academy
Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, was hosted by David
Letterman. "Forrest Gump" won six Academy Awards, including best
picture and a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks;
Jessica Lange won Best Actress for "Blue Sky."
(AP, 3/27/00)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.D1)
1995 Mar 27, Former President
Jimmy Carter announced he had brokered a two-month cease-fire
between Sudan's Islamic government and rebels.
1995 Mar 27, Joanne Marie
Mascha, an Ursuline Sister, was murdered while walking near her
motherhouse just outside Cleveland.
(MT, 3/96, p.10)
1995 Mar 27, In Italy Maurizio
Gucci (46), businessman, was shot to death in Milan. He was the last
family member to have held shares in the Gucci fashion company, now
part of the Bahrain-based Investcorp. In 1997 police arrested his
former wife, a psychic, a doorman, and two hitmen for their roles in
the murder. In 1998 Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (50) was convicted
and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The psychic got 25, the doorman
got 26, the driver got 29 and the gunman got life.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A13)
1996 Mar 27, The Gay’s Hill
Baptist Church in Millen, Ga., burned down. Arson was suspected and
investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Mar 27, Bangladesh passed
a constitutional amendment setting up a process for calling new
elections. Prime Minister Zia may resign soon.
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar 27, In Algeria
the Armed Islamic Group kidnapped seven French monks from the Notre
Dame del’Atlas monastery near Medea.
(SFC, 5/24/96, p.A14)
1996 Mar 27, The European Union
imposed a global ban on British beef and beef products due to
concerns over mad cow disease.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1996 Mar 27, An Israeli court
convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of
murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in
1996 Mar 27, The UN Security
Council (Resolution 1051) established an export-import monitoring
system for Iraq and demanded full cooperation.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1997 Mar 27, Dexter King, son
of Martin Luther King Jr., met with James Earl Ray, the man in
prison for the assassination of the civil rights leader. Ray denied
having anything to do with the shooting, to which King replied, "I
1997 Mar 27, In Afghanistan an
avalanche buried at least 100 people near the Salang tunnel north of
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar 27, In Argentina it
was reported that former economy minister Domingo Cavallo claimed
that Alfredo Yabran, the country’s most successful businessman, led
an all-powerful mafia of businessmen, politicians and judges.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997 Mar 27, In Nigeria
villagers occupied a 7th oil installation on the Niger Delta in
protests over local government elections. Tribesmen last week seized
6 Shell sites. This shut down 10% of Nigeria’s oil production.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 27, Russian workers
staged a nationwide strike to demand overdue wages.
1997 Mar 27, Ella Maillart
(b.1903), Swiss sportswoman and travel writer, died. She chronicled
the savage collectivisation of Karakalpak agriculture in Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the 1930s.
1998 Mar 27, The US Food and
Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying
it helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual
function. Viagra’s effects were shown to last 8-12 hours. Pfizer had
originally tested the compound UK 92,480 as a drug for angina and
found that male volunteers were getting frequent erections. They
renamed it Viagra and sought sales approval.
(AP, 3/27/99)(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A4)(Econ, 7/16/05,
1998 Mar 27, It was reported
that toxic waste was sold to 454 fertilizer companies by 600 steel
mills, foundries and chemical plants between 1990-1995.
(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1,B8)
1998 Mar 27, In California
federal documents were released that charged Dr. Aramais Paronyan
with heading a $13 million Medi-Cal fraud ring from LA to SF.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.E1)
1998 Mar 27, Robbers in
Commerce, east of LA, escaped with $2.94 million in cash from a
Dunbar Security armored car after shooting the driver.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 27, Two Afghans
convicted of murder had their throats cut in front of 30,000
spectators in Kabul’s sports stadium.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, Ferdinand Porsche
Jr., creator of the Porsche sports car, died at age 88 in Zell am
See, Austria. He was born in Wiener-Neustadt and moved to Germany
with his family after WW I where his father became chief engineer of
Daimler-Benz, the manufacturer of the Mercedes Benz cars. He wrote
an autobiography titled “Cars Are My Life."
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.B12)(AP, 3/27/99)
1998 Mar 27, Argentina, Brazil
and Paraguay signed a pact to heighten security on their triple
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Columbia rebels
under Comandante Romana freed 9 Columbian hostages but held 4
American birdwatchers and an Italian businessman for ransom.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 27, In Cuba two oil
tankers collided and spilled heavy crude into Matanzas Bay, 60 miles
east of Havana.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Mexico Adrian
Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Federal Judicial Police, was
arrested on charges of being on the payroll of the Arellano Felix
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Northern
Ireland a former policeman was shot and killed by masked gunmen in
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 27, In Paraguay the
Supreme Court ratified Lino Oviedo as the ruling Colorado Party’s
candidate, despite his jail sentence.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, Pres. Yeltsin
nominated acting Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko (35) to head the
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)
1999 Mar 27, This was the 1st
day of the Muslim feastday Id al-Lahma, feast of meat, or Id
al-Adha, feast of sacrifice.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A7)
1999 Mar 27, Maria Butyrskaya
of Russia won the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki,
Finland; defending champion Michelle Kwan of the United States
1999 Mar 27, Chinese Pres.
Jiang Zemin in a speech to Swiss business leaders criticized NATO
airstrikes in Yugoslavia.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A16)
1999 Mar 27, NATO expanded its
air assault on Yugoslavia in the 4th straight day of attacks. A $42
million US F-117A stealth fighter was downed over Yugoslavia during
continued NATO airstrikes. The American pilot was rescued by US
forces. The wreckage was later believed to have been sold. In 2005
it was reported that Col. Zoltan Dani of Serbia was behind the
shooting down of the stealth fighter. Dani said the F-117 was
detected and shot down during a moonless night, just three days into
the war, by a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 9/17/99, p.A10)(AP,
1999 Mar 27, In Paraguay at
least 5 people were killed and some 100 injured in Asuncion as
protestors called for the resignation of Pres. Cubas.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A21)
1999 Mar 27, Serbian troops
ordered villagers of Mamusa, Kosovo, to drive refugees to the
border. 3 Turks and 4 ethnic Albanians were killed and 30 houses
(SFC, 3/12/02, p.A10)
1999 Mar 27, In Turkey a young
woman set off grenades strapped to her body in a suicide that
wounded 10 others in Istanbul.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A25)
2000 Mar 27, The Supreme Court
decided the federal government could deny food stamps and other
welfare benefits to people who live permanently in the United States
but who are not citizens.
2000 Mar 27, A San Francisco
jury ordered Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to pay $20 million in
punitive damages to Leslie Whiteley (40).
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 27, Cisco Systems
passed Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 27, DaimlerChrysler AG
announced it would buy 34 percent of Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors
2000 Mar 27, In Texas an
explosion at a Phillips Petroleum at Pasadena plant killed one
worker and injured at least 71 others.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A2)
2000 Mar 27, In Uganda laborers
unearched 73 bodies at Rugazi associated with the Movement for the
Restoration of Ten Commandments of God. [see Mar 28]
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A10)
2001 Mar 27, A US federal judge
ruled that the Univ. of Michigan racial criteria for accepting
minority students with lower test scores than whites was invalid.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 27, California
regulators approved electricity rate hikes of up to 46 percent.
2001 Mar 27, An empty train
riding on the wrong side of the tracks crashed into a crowded
commuter train at Pecrot, Belgium, killing eight people.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)(AP, 3/27/02)
2001 Mar 27, The Brazilian
Electricity Regulatory Agency, Aneel, ordered federal agencies and
state companies to reduce consumption by 10% due to power shortages
caused by poor rains.
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 27, In its first
specific accusation against a detained U.S.-based scholar, China
said Gao Zhan had confessed to spying for foreign intelligence
agencies. The US denied employing her as a spy. Gao, who had been
detained on Feb. 11, was released the following July. In 2003 Gao
Zhan admitted to illegal profits of over $539,000 from selling 80
microprocessors to the Chinese government. [see Feb 11]
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/27/02)(SFC, 11/27/03,
2001 Mar 27, China reported
that its population stood at 1.26 billion, an 11.7% increase over
the last decade.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 27, In Germany some
20,000 police blocked protesters who sought to block a train
delivering radioactive waste from France. The German nuclear waste
was reprocessed in France and returned.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 27, Two bombings in
Jerusalem wounded some 35 people.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 27, Militiamen
attacked a relief convoy and 14 Somalis were killed. 5 kidnapped aid
workers were freed the next day, but 4 remained hostage. 2 Britons
were released April 4.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/29/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Mar 27, In Uganda rebels
ambushed students on a field trip to Murchison Falls and killed 11
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2002 Mar 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled that illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as
Americans when they are wrongly fired from US jobs.
(WSJ, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, Milton Berle (93),
known as Uncle Miltie and Mr. Television, died. He rose to TV
stardom as the host of Texaco Star Theater in 1948. He was said to
be freakishly well-endowed. Haskel Frankel co-wrote: "Milton Berle,
an Autobiography" in 1974.
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M6)
2002 Mar 27, Dudley Moore (66),
British actor and musician, died. His films included “10" and
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, Billy Wilder (95),
Austrian-born Hollywood film writer and director, died. He wrote and
directed numerous films and won 6 Oscars. In 1999 Cameron Crowe
authored “Conversations with Billy Wilder."
(AP, 3/27/03)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1,14)
2002 Mar 27, A gunman killed
eight members of the Nanterre city council outside Paris; a suspect
killed himself the next day while in police custody.
2002 Mar 27, In Beirut the Arab
League opened a summit of its 22 member states. Egypt’s Pres.
Mubarek did not attend. It dissolved into chaos when Palestinian
delegates stalked out when Arafat was not given a prominent place
for a live broadcast. Arafat endorsed the peace initiative of Prince
(SFC, 3/26/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, A Palestinian
Hamas suicide bomber killed 29 Israelis gathered at the Park Hotel
in Netanya for the Passover Seder.
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A11)(SFC,
4/15/02, p.A12)(AP, 3/27/03)
2003 Mar 27, Pres. Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair met to assess the progress of the
war in Iraq.
2003 Mar 27, The Bush
administration seized $1.62 billion in Iraqi assets already frozen
in the US. The money would be used to help rebuild Iraq once Saddam
Hussein is ousted.
2003 Mar 27, Richard Perle quit
as head of the Pentagon advisory board amid allegations of conflicts
of interests with his business deals.
(WSJ, 3/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 27, It was reported
that the SARS disease had killed 50 people and infected some 1,300
in 13 countries.
(WSJ, 3/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 27, Paul Zindel (66),
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died in New York.
2003 Mar 27, In Afghanistan
Ricardo Munguia (39), a Red Cross water engineer from El Salvador,
was killed by Taliban gunmen.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A5)(Reuters 3/28/03)
2003 Mar 27, In Colombia FARC
land mines killed 11 soldiers near Aracataca, the birthplace of
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
2003 Mar 27, EU governments
agreed to ban single-hulled oil tankers carrying heavy fuel in an
attempt to reduce the risk of slicks.
2003 Mar 27, France introduced
a new terrorism alert system, with 4 color-coded levels to make the
national warning plan more flexible and understandable.
2003 Mar 27, In the 9th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom a British armored unit destroyed 14 Iraqi
tanks trying to break out of the besieged city of Basra. A sea-borne
relief operation was postponed after discovering Iraqi mines in the
shipping channel leading to the recently captured Iraqi port of Umm
Qasr. Heavy bombing on Baghdad destroyed a main telephone exchange.
(AP, 3/27/03)(SFC, 3/28/03, p.W1)
2003 Mar 27, In Israel Israeli
forces killed 3 Palestinian police officers in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A10)
2003 Mar 27, in Kyrgyzstan a
fire engulfed a crowded passenger bus, killing 21 victims,
believed to have been Chinese vendors of Uighur ethnicity. Robbery
(AP, 3/27/03)(AP, 3/28/03)
2003 Mar 27, Mexican federal
agents killed 2 suspected drug runners in a shootout near the Texas
2003 Mar 27, In Yangon,
Myanmar, a bomb went off in front of a state telecommunications
office, killing at least one person and wounding three as the
country marked Armed Forces Day.
2003 Mar 27, Russia's Evgeni
Plushenko won his 2nd World Figure Skating Championships title,
edging American Tim Goebel.
2003 Mar 27, In Serbia Milan
Lukovic and Dusan Spasojevic, Zemun Clan leaders and suspects in the
Zoran Djindjic assassination, were killed as they resisted arrest.
(SFC, 3/28/03, p.A12)
2003 Mar 27, In Zimbabwe
opposition leaders urged the nation's soldiers and police to disobey
orders to crush any show of dissent against the government.
2004 Mar 27, Adan Sanchez (19),
Mexican-American singer, died in a car crash in Sinaloa, Mexico. He
was the son of narco-ballad singer Chalino Sanchez, murdered in
(WSJ, 4/9/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 27, Robert Merle (95),
French author, died. His books included "The Day of the Dolphin,"
which was made into a 1973 film.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, Edward J. Piszek
(87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, The 15-nation
Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed
interim government as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a
U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand
2004 Mar 27, Tens of thousands
of security forces guarded voting stations as Nigerians cast ballots
in tense municipal elections.
2004 Mar 27, A 7-year-old
Palestinian boy was killed by what the Israeli military said was
haphazard Palestinian gunfire toward an army jeep in a West Bank
2004 Mar 27, Rwanda reported
plans to release at least 30,000 suspects who have confessed to
participating in the 1994 genocide, letting them be tried in
community courts rather than by the country's overburdened judicial
2004 Mar 27, A half million
people swarmed into Taiwan's capital to protest the disputed
2005 Mar 27, In a live Internet
interview with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson declared
himself "completely innocent" of child molestation charges, and said
he was the victim of a conspiracy.
2005 Mar 27, In Brazil
Vitalmiro Moura, the rancher accused of ordering the killing of
American nun Dorothy Stang in the Amazon rainforest six weeks ago,
surrendered to police and declared his innocence.
2005 Mar 27, A Cairo court
sentenced an Egyptian to 35 years in prison after finding him guilty
of spying for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and planning to
assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The court gave Mahmoud
Eid Mohamed Dabbous 10 years in prison for spying for a foreign
state and another 25 years for plotting to kill Mubarak.
2005 Mar 27, Egyptian police
detained about 200 members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood,
before and during an attempt to protest outside parliament in favor
2005 Mar 27, Ahmed Zaki (55),
one of Egypt's most acclaimed actors, died. He portrayed former
Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat.
2005 Mar 27, Iraqi security
officials opened fire on a crowd of protesters outside a government
building, killing one. Al-Qaida's arm in Iraq posted a video
purportedly showing an Iraqi Interior Ministry official being
2005 Mar 27, Kashmir police
said suspected militants shot dead a grandmother, mother and her
infant daughter after the child's father, a former Kashmiri
separatist rebel, surrendered to Indian security forces.
2005 Mar 27, In Kyrgyzstan 2
rival parliaments competed for power, raising political uncertainty
in the former Soviet nation. Both groups, the parliament newly
elected in a disputed vote that sparked massive discontent, and the
one that lost the election, met in separate chambers over the
weekend, each claiming to represent the people.
2005 Mar 27, Macedonians cast
ballots in municipal elections, but the voting was marred by
irregularities that could potentially harm the country's ambitions
to join NATO and the EU.
2005 Mar 27, Morocco’s per
capita income was reported to be about $1,200 per year. One of 5
urban Moroccans was unemployed.
(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.11)
2005 Mar 27, The head of
Myanmar's ruling junta said the country was moving toward democracy
but gave no indication of when the military would relinquish its
43-year grip on power.
2005 Mar 27, Communist North
Korea for the first time confirmed an outbreak of deadly bird flu at
its poultry farms and said hundreds of thousands of chickens had
been culled to contain it.
2005 Mar 27, Pope John Paul II
delivered an Easter Sunday blessing to tens of thousands of people
in St. Peter's Square, but the ailing pontiff was unable to speak
and managed only to greet the saddened crowd with a sign of the
2006 Mar 27, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee approved a proposal to legalize undocumented
migrants and provide temporary work visas. Mexicans cheered the
approval and credited huge marches of migrants across the US as the
decisive factor behind the vote.
2006 Mar 27, Al-Qaida
conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified at his federal trial that
he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and
fly it into the White House.
2006 Mar 27, In SF several
thousand protesters marched down Market Street in a peaceful call
for legal status for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in
(SFC, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 27, It was reported
that European researchers have developed "neuro-chips" in which
living brain cells and silicon circuits are coupled together.
2006 Mar 27, Lyn Nofziger (81),
President Reagan's political adviser, died in Falls Church, Va.
2006 Mar 27, TV
producer-director Dan Curtis (78) died in Los Angeles.
2006 Mar 27, Abdul Rahman, an
Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam
to Christianity, quickly vanished after he was released from prison,
apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still
demanding his death.
2006 Mar 27, Officials said a
roadside bombing killed three villagers and wounded two when it blew
up their car in southern Afghanistan.
2006 Mar 27, Finance Minister
Antonio Palocci, the architect of Brazil's economic recovery and
market-friendly fiscal policy, resigned after becoming caught up in
a political scandal. His office was party to the illegal disclosure
of payments to a bank account belonging to a witness against him in
a corruption case.
(AP, 3/27/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.32)
2006 Mar 27, Ian Hamilton
Finlay, British artist and poet, died.
(FT, 3/29/06, p.10)
2006 Mar 27, In Ethiopia a
series of blasts killed one person and injured several others in
Addis Ababa, the first fatality in a string of mysterious explosions
in the capital.
2006 Mar 27, In Haiti
scavengers found 10 human skulls in a trash heap, the second such
grisly find in as many days in Port-au-Prince, where authorities
speculated that the bones may have come from a Voodoo ritual.
2006 Mar 27, Shiite leaders cut
off political talks and denounced the US over a weekend raid that
they said killed worshippers in a mosque. In northern Iraq a suicide
bombing killed at least 40 people at an army recruitment center in
(AP, 3/27/06)(SFC, 3/28/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 27, Gunmen kidnapped
16 employees of an Iraqi trading company in an upscale Baghdad
2006 Mar 27, In an audiotape
broadcast Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's chief deputy,
purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed
2006 Mar 27, Abu Umar, a major
Al-Qaeda figure in Iraq, was killed near Baquba.
2006 Mar 27, PM Silvio
Berlusconi said on radio that he does not want Italy to become a
multiethnic, multicultural country, drawing plaudits from a
right-wing ally and criticism from center-left opponents.
2006 Mar 27, Japan's parliament
passed the nation's most austere budget in 8 years, marking another
achievement for PM Junichiro Koizumi and his efforts to cut the huge
2006 Mar 27, Malaysia’s
government said it will end subsidies to flag carrier Malaysia
Airlines and let it operate only 19 domestic routes, in competition
with budget carrier AirAsia, under a major restructuring that will
shed thousands of jobs.
2006 Mar 27, Nepalese army
helicopters launched an attack on a gathering of communist rebels in
the mountains of north-central Nepal, killing at least four people.
2006 Mar 27, The Dutch Equal
Treatment Commission ruled that a Muslim woman who refuses to shake
men's hands for religious reasons cannot be barred from a Dutch
2006 Mar 27, In Nigeria a
weeklong census ended as workers scrambled to tally everyone across
Africa's most-populous nation, but many remained uncounted in the
exercise, marred by violence and the lack of forms, census takers
2006 Mar 27, Militants
demanding control of revenues from Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta
released their last remaining foreign hostages, two Americans and a
Briton, but the group threatened to continue attacks on oil
2006 Mar 27, Gunmen loyal to
rival pro-Taliban clerics fought street battles in Pakistan's tribal
belt bordering Afghanistan, leaving at least 25 people dead.
2006 Mar 27, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in a grocery store on southern Jolo island, killing
9 people and wounding 20. Police said an extortion attempt by
suspected militants was likely behind the bombing.
2006 Mar 27, “Shooting Dogs," a
new film on Rwanda's genocide, reduced many survivors to tears at
its premiere in Kigali. The film's title refers to the way UN troops
shot dogs eating the corpses that littered the streets of the
Rwandan capital. The next day President Paul Kagame said the movie
would help to ensure memories of the mass murder were kept alive.
2006 Mar 27, Stanislaw Lem
(b.1921), Polish science fiction writer, died in Poland. His work
included “His Master’s Voice" (1968). His best-known work,
"Solaris," was adapted into films by director Andrei Tarkovsky
(1972) and by Steven Soderbergh (2002). That version starred George
Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
(AP, 3/27/06)(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.P14)
2006 Mar 27, In Ukraine early
election results showed pro-Russia party led by Viktor Yanukovych
taking the largest number of votes, followed by the president's
former ally, Yulia Tymoshenko. President Viktor Yushchenko's party
was a distant third, a stinging rebuke to his West-leaning
administration. Yanukovych's party, which has pledged to make
Russian a second state language, drop plans to join NATO and restore
frayed ties with Moscow, was dominating in the Russian-speaking east
2007 Mar 27, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said Israeli and Palestinian leaders have
agreed to meet every two weeks to discuss day-to-day issues, in a
quickening diplomatic pace that eventually could spur talks on a
final peace settlement.
2007 Mar 27, The US offered a
$5 million reward for information leading to the capture of a
US-trained Malaysian engineer accused of involvement in a series of
deadly bombings in the Philippines.
2007 Mar 27, Walter Anderson,
the telecommunications entrepreneur who admitted hiding hundreds of
millions of dollars from the IRS and District of Columbia tax
collectors, was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to
repay about $23 million to the city. But US District Judge Paul
Friedman said he couldn't order Anderson to repay the federal
government $100 million to $175 million because the Justice
Department's binding plea agreement with Anderson listed the wrong
2007 Mar 27, US Attorney John
Brownlee announced that ITT Corp. has agreed to pay a $100 million
penalty for illegally sending classified night-vision technology to
China and other countries.
(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A7)
2007 Mar 27, US National
Football League (NFL) owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay
system a permanent officiating tool.
2007 Mar 27, SF city leaders
approved a ban on plastic grocery bags after weeks of lobbying on
both sides from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group. San
Francisco would be the first US city to adopt such a rule if Mayor
Gavin Newsom signs the ban as expected.
(AP, 3/28/07)(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 27, United Commercial
Bank of San Francisco said it had concluded negotiations to
become the sole owner of the Business Development Bank of Shanghai.
In 1992 the Business Development Bank of Shanghai was established as
China’s first foreign-owned bank.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.73)
2007 Mar 27, Texas Governor
Rick Perry's office said that he had signed a new law that expands
Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves
"without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces. The new law
takes affect on September 1.
2007 Mar 27, The New York Stock
Exchange won control of pan-European market operator Euronext,
creating an entity worth 29 billion dollars linking trading
platforms in six cities.
2007 Mar 27, Paul Lauterbur
(77), the father of Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI), died. He
shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.84)
2007 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker dressed in army uniform blew himself
up outside a provincial police headquarters, killing four policemen.
2007 Mar 27, Roxana Arias
Becerra (32), a former Miss Bolivia (1993), was arrested on charges
of carrying 1.8 pounds of cocaine while boarding a flight to the
2007 Mar 27, British lawmakers
unanimously passed an emergency bill to preserve the Northern
Ireland Assembly and permit its Protestant and Catholic leaders to
forge a historic administration by a new May 8 deadline.
2007 Mar 27, State media said
China will pour billions of dollars into an airport, power plants,
roads and education to help raise the standard of living of Tibetans
over the next three years.
2007 Mar 27, In Cuba Faustino
Oramas (95), a popular traditional singer and among the last
original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, died of cancer.
2007 Mar 27, Egypt’s government
said voters had overwhelmingly approved a set of controversial
amendments to Egypt's constitution, a day after opposition groups
massively boycotted the referendum. Egyptian blogs soon showed cell
video clips of ballot stuffing.
(AP, 3/27/07)(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 27, French riot police
firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed with bands of youths
who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train
station. Nine people were arrested.
2007 Mar 27, In Germany a board
member of Siemens AG, Europe's biggest electronics and engineering
company, was arrested in connection with an investigation of alleged
payments to the head of a tiny labor union. A trail against 2
managers had begun on March 13, for use of funds to smooth contracts
with Italy’s utility, Enel.
(AP, 3/27/07)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.71)
2007 Mar 27, Guatemala named
Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte (57), an anti-crime crusader, as its
first female interior minister.
2007 Mar 27, In Iraq 2 nearly
simultaneous truck bombs, including one detonated by remote control,
ripped through markets in Tal Afar, killing at least 48 people and
wounding dozens as violence surged outside the Iraqi capital. It was
later reported that the main blast killed 152 people. A suicide car
bomber killed at least 10 in a market near Ramadi and a mortar
attack on a Shiite district area in southern Baghdad killed at least
four people. Clashes broke in Iskandariyah after suspected Shiite
militants broke into a Sunni mosque, leaving four Sunni militants
dead and one Shiite militant wounded. A roadside bomb struck Iraqi
police on a foot patrol in southeastern Baghdad, killing a policeman
and wounding two others. Another police officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad. Harith Dhaher al-Dhari, a
military leader of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, a major Sunni Arab
insurgent group, was killed along with 2 associates west of Baghdad.
Two Americans, a contractor and a soldier, were killed in a rocket
attack on the heavy guarded Green Zone.
(AP, 3/27/07)(Reuters, 3/31/07)
2007 Mar 27, Ivory Coast rebels
and mediators said Guillaume Soro, the main rebel leader, will
become prime minister in a new government called for in the
country's latest peace plan.
2007 Mar 27, In Japan a Cabinet
official said an electrical glitch has knocked out a satellite in a
spy network Japan hoped to use to gather intelligence on North Korea
and other trouble spots around the world.
2007 Mar 27, Police in Mexico
City kicked off a campaign to exchange guns for computers and other
gifts in an attempt to reduce firearm deaths. Two bodies were found
wrapped in plastic bags and sheets behind a television station in
Mexico's port city of Veracruz, apparent victims of drug-related
(AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/28/07)
2007 Mar 27, In Nigeria
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell confirmed that the federal government
had charged it with the alleged loss of some "radioactive tools"
belonging to one of its contractors. Shell denied reports that it
had been involved in any dumping of toxic waste in Nigeria.
2007 Mar 27, Residents and
officials said Pakistanis living along the Afghan border have signed
a third peace deal with the government promising not to shelter
foreign militants. In Islamabad female and male Islamic students on
an anti-vice drive abducted Aunty Shamin, an alleged brothel owner,
and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary. A grenade attack
in Bajaur killed 5 ISI officers.
(AP, 3/27/07)(SFC, 3/29/07, p.A9)(Econ, 4/14/07,
2007 Mar 27, In Palestine’s
northern Gaza Strip an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed,
spewing a river of sewage and mud that killed four people.
2007 Mar 27, A Tamil Tiger
rebel drove an explosive-laden tractor to a military camp in eastern
Sri Lanka, drawing fire from guards and triggering a blast at the
entrance. At least seven people, including the bomber, were killed.
2007 Mar 27, Swedish artist
Hans Hedberg (89), known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic
sculptures and, died.
2007 Mar 27, In Kiev, Ukraine,
a Russian businessman allied with Ukraine's president was killed by
a sniper as he was escorted from a courthouse during a break in his
2008 Mar 27, A US appeals Court
in Philadelphia overturned the death sentence of Mumia Abu Jamal,
who had been convicted of killing Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec 9,
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, In Kansas City,
Mo., a judge convicted Terry Blair (46) of killing 6 women in 2004.
Blair faced life in prison.
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, Adobe systems, the
maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop, launched a
basic version available for free online.
2008 Mar 27, In Columbus,
Georgia, Charles Johnston (63) stormed a hospital and killed 3
people including a nurse he blamed for his mother’s death in 2004.
Johnston was wounded and taken into custody.
(SFC, 3/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 27, Comorans staged
angry anti-French protests as France decided whether to give ousted
rebel leader Mohamed Bacar asylum after he fled to its Indian Ocean
territory of Mayotte.
2008 Mar 27, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki promised to pursue his fight against Shiite militias in
Basra to "the end." Al-Sadr called for a political solution to the
burgeoning crisis and an end to the "shedding of Iraqi blood." Tens
of thousands of Shiites took to Baghdad's streets to protest the
government crackdown on militias in Basra as heavy fighting between
Iraqi security forces and gunmen erupted for a third day in the
southern oil port and the capital. The death toll in the Shiite city
of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, rose to at least 60.
Tahseen Sheikhly, the Sunni civilian spokesman for the Baghdad
security operation, was kidnapped and three bodyguards killed. A
booby-trapped car exploded near the Iraqi Red Crescent Society's
offices in Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding five.
(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 27, The Mexican
government said it has sent more than 2,500 soldiers and federal
police to curb soaring violence in a border state across from Texas
and New Mexico.
2008 Mar 27, Myanmar's junta
chief insisted that he is not power-hungry and intends to hand
control of the government to the winners of elections in 2010.
2008 Mar 27, Geert Wilders, a
Dutch lawmaker, released his 15-minute film “Fitna," which linked
verses of the Koran to violent images from terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, North Korea
expelled all 11 South Korean officials from a joint industrial
estate just north of the border in retaliation for Seoul's new
tougher line towards the communist state.
2008 Mar 27, Suspected
militants attacked an ambulance in a Pakistani tribal region on the
Afghan border killing at least six people, including two
paramilitary soldiers. A gunman on a motorcycle has fatally shot two
anti-terrorism officials in the southern city of Karachi.
(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 27, The
editor-in-chief of the local edition said the Philippines will get
its own edition of Playboy magazine, only without the nudity that
made the US version famous. The Philippine edition will be launched
on April 2 as a "mature lifestyle magazine."
2008 Mar 27, Puerto Rico’s Gov.
Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged with 19 counts in a campaign finance
probe, including conspiracy to violate US federal campaign laws and
giving false testimony to the FBI. 12 others were also charged in
the corruption probe.
(AP, 3/27/08)(WSJ, 3/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 27, In northern Sri
Lanka a series of battles along the front lines killed 17 ethnic
Tamil rebels and two government soldiers.
2008 Mar 27, A group of monks
shouting there was no religious freedom disrupted a carefully
orchestrated visit for foreign reporters to Tibet's capital, an
embarrassment for China as it tried to show Lhasa was calm following
deadly anti-government riots.
2008 Mar 27, Turkey's armed
forces killed 15 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) in northern Iraq using long-range land weapons.
2008 Mar 27, A helicopter
belonging to Ukraine's border guards crashed off an island in the
Black Sea. One officer was rescued and 12 were missing.
2009 Mar 27, President Barack
Obama ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to
"disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the Taliban and al-Qaida.
2009 Mar 27, The Texas Board of
Education approved a science curriculum opening the door for
teachers and texts to raise doubts about evolution.
(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 27, In North Dakota
the Red River rose to a daunting 112-year high and breached one of
the dikes fortifying Fargo, but the mayor pledged to "go down
swinging" as he called for more evacuations and additional National
Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood.
2009 Mar 27, In Tracy, Ca.,
Sandra Cantu (8) went missing from her mobile park home. On April 6
her body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond a few
miles away. On April 10 Melissa Huckaby (28), a Sunday school
teacher, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Cantu.
(AP, 4/7/09)(AP, 4/11/09)
2009 Mar 27, Jack Dreyfus (95),
founder of the Dreyfus Fund (1951), died in NYC. His fund helped
found the retail mutual-fund business.
(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 27, Southern African
countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia) have been
hit by the worst floods in years, killing more than 100 people and
displacing thousands, as a tropical storm threatened to bring more
2009 Mar 27, Bolivia's Interior
Minister Alfredo Rada said police have uncovered one of the
country's biggest known cocaine processing factories. Two Colombians
and a Bolivian were arrested at the nearly 1,000-acre (400 hectare)
site in the dense, southeastern jungles.
2009 Mar 27, In Chile the
Progressive Governance Summit, a 2-day gathering of leaders from
Latin America and Europe, opened at the resort city of Vina del Mar.
All agreed for an export-credit fund to get trade flowing again.
(AP, 3/27/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.43)
2009 Mar 27, Chinese health
officials said that hand, foot and mouth disease has sickened 41,000
people across the country and killed 18 children so far this year.
2009 Mar 27, In China a minibus
collided with two trucks and a bus tumbled into a mountain gorge in
two unrelated crashes, killing a total of 37 people.
2009 Mar 27, In Honda,
Colombia, Arcebio Alvarez (59), a farmer and widower, was arrested
on charges of incest and sexual abuse. He was accused of incest for
allegedly fathering eight children with his daughter. He denied
being the woman's biological father.
2009 Mar 27, In Indonesia
torrential rain caused a dam to burst outside Jakarta, sending a
wall of muddy water crashing into a densely packed neighborhood and
killing at least 96 people with some 130 still missing. The earthen
dam, built in 1933 when Indonesia was still under Dutch rule,
surrounded a man-made lake in Cirendeu on the southwestern edge of
(AP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/29/09)
2009 Mar 27, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy wrapped up his mini-tour of three African countries,
after meeting with Niger leader Mamadou Tandja. This followed visits
to Kinshasa and Brazzaville.
2009 Mar 27, An overcrowded
boat packed with migrants capsized in stormy seas off the coast of
Libya. Only 20 survived when the wooden vessel with 257 people on
board, mostly African migrants, including 70 women and two children,
both of whom died, sunk only three hours off Libya.
(AP, 3/31/09)(AP, 4/1/09)
2009 Mar 27, Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari called for a US change of policy and voiced
opposition to missile strikes. A suicide bomber demolished a mosque
packed with hundreds of worshippers attending prayers near Jamrud in
the Khyber Pass, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 100
(AFP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/27/09)(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 27, Russian media
reported that the presidential Security Council has released a
document outlining government policy for the Arctic that includes
creating a special group of military forces.
2009 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah (84) appointed his half-brother, Prince Nayef (75), as
his 2nd deputy prime minister.
(Econ, 4/4/09, p.51)
2009 Mar 27, Sri Lanka’s
military said it had killed 29 rebels. 13 were reported killed in a
battle near Puthkkudiyirippu, while army snipers killed another 16.
2009 Mar 27, Thai PM Abhisit
Vejjavija's rejected calls for his resignation by thousands of
anti-government protesters who ringed his office for a second day in
a boisterous rally.
2009 Mar 27, Zimbabwe PM Morgan
Tsvangirai decried a fresh wave of farm invasions across the country
and warned that those responsible for the farm disruptions risk
2010 Mar 27, Robert Krentz
(58), a prominent Arizona rancher near the Mexican border, was shot
while working at his remote cattle ranch on the Arizona-Mexico
border. His family's ranch sprawled over 35,000 acres. Investigators
tracked the footprints of the suspected gunman about 20 miles south
to the border with Mexico, prompting some authorities to blame
smugglers or illegal immigrants for the killing.
2010 Mar 27, Federal agents in
southern Michigan raided the home of David Stone, the suspected
leader of the Hutaree militia, a group of self-proclaimed Christian
warriors. Authorities recovered hand grenade instructions and
schematics, a container of potassium chlorate, and other items.
(SFC, 4/13/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan an international service member was killed by a roadside
bomb. 6 civilians were killed in two separate roadside bomb
explosions, one in Sangin district and one in Nawa district.
(AP, 3/27/10)(AP, 3/28/10)
2010 Mar 27, In Australia
Sydney's iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge went dark along with
millions of homes at the start of Earth Hour, a global switch-off
aimed at revitalizing efforts against climate change.
2010 Mar 27, British Airways
cabin crew launched a four-day strike, the second wave of action in
a week as part of a bitter, long-running dispute over pay and
2010 Mar 27, Pirates off the
coast of Cameroon’s Bakassi peninsula seized the MV Gull, a Ghanaian
ship, and kidnapped two sailors for ransom. Pirates took control of
the ship and kidnapped its captain and an officer on board once they
found nothing worth stealing. Pirates freed the two West African
sailors on March 31.
(AP, 3/30/10)(AFP, 3/31/10)
2010 Mar 27, In China a
recycling pool at a sewage treatment plant collapsed in northern
Shaanxi province and some 1,000 tons of oil sludge contaminated
farmland and the Luohe River, a tributary of the Yellow River.
2010 Mar 27, Iran used an
ancient new year celebration to reach out to Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey at a summit
meeting that projected Iranian leadership in the strategic region
straddling the Middle East and Central Asia.
2010 Mar 27, In Turin, Italy,
Mao Asada (19) of Japan toppled Olympic champion Yu-Na Kim in a
triumphant season finale which saw her claim her second world title
at the world figure skating championships.
2010 Mar 27, A two-day Arab
League summit opened in Sirte, Libya. Amr Moussa, the head of the
Arab League, urged the 22-nation bloc to engage Iran directly over
concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed
2010 Mar 27, Libya lifted a
visa ban on citizens of 25 European countries after EU president
Spain said a Swiss-instigated visa blacklist against 188 Libyans in
those countries had been scrapped.
2010 Mar 27, In western Mexico
two police officers and two other men have been found shot to death
at a gas station in Michoacan state. In Guerrero state a man was
found tied up and fatally shot in a car in the resort of Acapulco.
The bodies of four men and a woman were found on a rural road in a
town not far from the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez. More
than 7,000 people gathered in the northern city of Monterrey to
protest a wave of violence that has affected the country's third
largest city in recent weeks.
2010 Mar 27, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 11 militants in a new offensive against
foreign fighters in the restive northwest tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. Suspected US missiles killed 4 people in the northwest.
(AFP, 3/27/10)(SSFC, 3/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 27, Peruvian police
said five people have been killed by a mudslide set off by heavy
rains in a remote community of wildcat miners in the southeastern
2010 Mar 27, In Russia an
apartment block west of Moscow partially collapsed following a
suspected gas explosion, killing three people and possibly trapping
others under the rubble.
2010 Mar 27, In Russia former
Soviet world chess champion Vasily Smyslov (89) died of heart
failure. Smyslov beat Mikhail Botvinnik in 1957 to become the
seventh world champion, before losing in a re-match the following
year. His career in the top flight of world chess spanned some four
decades. He was beaten by Garry Kasparov in 1984 in the
Candidates Final match for the right to challenge Anatoly Karpov for
the world title, which Kasparov went on to capture.
2010 Mar 27, In Somalia 3
people were killed and four injured in clashes between government
soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their
houses near Mogadishu's main airport.
2010 Mar 27, Korea Life became
the first big South Korean life insurer to go public. Others were
expected to soon follow.
(Econ, 3/27/10, p.81)
2010 Mar 27, In Sudan Darfur
rebels allegedly shot down 2 Sudanese army helicopters in the latest
reports of fighting that have marred faltering peace talks between
Khartoum and other insurgents. Sudan's army said two of its
helicopters crashed after developing technical problems.
2010 Mar 27, Thai troops
retreated from security posts in the capital, bowing to demands from
80,000 jubilant red-shirted protesters who mounted a rally to demand
2010 Mar 27, In Yemen policemen
opened fire in Daleh on the funeral procession for a Southern
Movement member killed by police gunfire a week earlier, wounding 28
2010 Mar 27, Zimbabwe police
shut down an art exhibit exploring violence blamed on President
Robert Mugabe. Artist Owen Maseko had collected family photos of
missing people, images of mine shafts where bodies were believed
dumped and reports on an armed uprising after independence in 1980
in the western Matabeleland district that was crushed by troops
loyal to Mugabe. Thousands of civilians were massacred in the
2011 Mar 27, DJ Megatron (32),
an urban radio and TV personality, was shot and killed in NYC. The
occasional BET TV host was killed while going to a store.
(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 27, Farley Granger
(b.1925), screen and theater actor, died. His films included
“Strangers on a Train" (1951), a Hitchcock film based on a novel by
Patricia Highsmith. His 2007 memoir was titled “Include Me Out."
(SFC, 3/30/11, p.C4)
2011 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing.
A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road
construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck
loaded with explosives, killing at least 24 people and wounding 56
others in Paktika province.
(AP, 3/27/11)(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Bahrain's largest
Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq accepted Kuwait as a mediator with
Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny
2011 Mar 27, In Brazil renowned
Belgium-born theologian Jose Comblin (88) died of natural causes.
Comblin was a leading exponent of liberation theology, which
advocates activism on behalf of the poor. The movement swept Latin
America in the 1960s following the Second Vatican Council.
2011 Mar 27, The Central
African Republic voted in the second round of parliamentary
elections expected to hand President Francois Bozize's party a large
majority because of an opposition boycott. The party of CAR's
president won an overall majority in the run-off legislative
elections, garnering 61 of the 105 seats in parliament, according to
provisional results showed on April 7.
(AFP, 3/27/11)(AFP, 4/7/11)
2011 Mar 27, Yang Hengjun (46),
a Sydney-based spy novelist, phoned an assistant from Guangzhou
airport in southeastern China to say three men were following him.
Yang was later able to briefly phone a sister in Guangzhou to say
"he's having a long chat with his old friends." This was a
prearranged signal that Yang had been taken by the secret police.
Yang was an official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry before moving
to Australia. His novel, "Fatal Weakness," deals with espionage
between China and the United States and has been published on the
Internet in China.
2011 Mar 27, India's navy and
coast guard captured 16 Somali pirates after a three-hour-long
battle in the Arabian Sea. The pirates were trying to seize a
merchant ship, MV Maersk Kensington, using a hijacked trawler. 16
crew members who had been taken hostage by the pirates were rescued
from the hijacked Iranian trawler off India's western Lakshadweep
2011 Mar 27, Israel deployed a
cutting-edge rocket defense system on the outskirts of Beersheba.
“Iron Dome" is expected to be fully operational in a matter of
months. Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket squad in the
Gaza Strip, killing two militants as the military activated a new
defense system to shoot down incoming rockets.
(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Ivory Coast's
embattled strongman Laurent Gbagbo accepted the African Union's
choice to mediate a bloody post-election crisis. But former Cape
Verde's foreign minister Jose Brito was rejected by presidential
rival Alassane Ouattara.
2011 Mar 27, In Japan emergency
workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken
Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors
after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that
officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the
death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more
than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained
2011 Mar 27, Libyan rebels
pushed further west to retake more territory abandoned by Muammar
Gaddafi's retreating forces, which have been weakened by Western air
strikes. Their gains put the rebels back in control of all the main
oil terminals in the eastern half of Libya: Es Sider, Ras Lanuf,
Brega, Zueitina and Tobruk. Misrata remained under siege by Gaddafi
2011 Mar 27, South Africa's
newly appointed government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said the government
is launching a newspaper to rectify media censorship of government
information. Its bimonthly magazine will launch next month as a
20-page, free, monthly newspaper called Vuk'uzenzele, which means
"Wake up and do it for yourself" in Zulu.
2011 Mar 27, The Red Cross said
South Korea has repatriated 27 of 31 North Koreans whose status was
uncertain for more than a month because 4 others on their drifting
fishing boat defected.
2011 Mar 27, The Somali
government voted to extend its term for another year, despite int’l.
calls for it to leave office when its mandate expires in August.
(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, South Sudan rebels
were reported to have united in a new armed movement, the Southern
Sudan Democratic Movement, against the young southern government. It
brought together 5 different armed militias spanning 4 of South
Sudan’s 10 states.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Syria's government
said that unknown gunmen firing from rooftops and prowling the
streets of Latakia are to blame for two days of violence that killed
12 people. A human rights activist said authorities have released 17
political detainees in another apparent attempt to appease the
2011 Mar 27, United Nations
police returned full control of East Timor to the national force,
more than four years after bloody clashes threatened to push the
country into civil war.
2011 Mar 27, Venezuela’s
President Chavez urged citizens to cut their calories to avoid
obesity, the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed
socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what
he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast
implants and violent television programs.
2011 Mar 27, In Yemen Islamic
militants seized control of a weapons factory, a strategic mountain
and a nearby town in the southern province of Abyan, as a political
stalemate in the capital causes security to unravel around the
2011 Mar 27, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe vowed his party would not back down from its
controversial drive to force foreign-owned companies to sell
majority shareholdings to local blacks. Police barred PM Morgan
Tsvangirai's party from holding a rally, saying it coincided with
the funeral of a close ally of President Mugabe.
(Reuters, 3/27/11)(AFP, 3/27/11)
2012 Mar 27, US Pres. Barack
Obama and Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed to rescue a
troubled anti-terror alliance on the sidelines of a nuclear security
summit in Seoul.
2012 Mar 27, The Obama
administration set the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution
from new power plants.
(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 27, The California
Judicial Council voted to kill a $2 billion computer system linking
the state’s 58 county courts. Over $500 million was already spent in
a launch effort.
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.C1)
2012 Mar 27, Adrienne Rich
(b.1929), American feminist poet, died in her Santa Cruz, Ca., home
after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 27, Arab officials
gathered in Baghdad this week for a series of meetings. Their agenda
of tourism, tackling water security and organizing regional
responses to natural disasters was overshadowed by the crisis in
2012 Mar 27, Brazil’s Tourism
Ministry said it is asking more than 2,000 websites to remove sexual
content that promotes Latin America's biggest country as a sex
2012 Mar 27, Britain’s Health
and Socal Care Act 2012 received Royal Assent. It increased
competition, gave the NHS greater autonomy, and put more decisions
about care in the hands of local doctors.
2012 Mar 27, British Royal Mail
announced that stamp prices will shoot up to record highs of 60p for
first class and 50p for second class effective April 30.
2012 Mar 27, In Chile Daniel
Zamudio, a young gay man, died following a March 3 attack in
Santiago. Attackers had brutally beaten him and carved swastikas
into his body. The suspects included Raul Alfonso Lopez (25);
Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia (26); Patricio Ahumada Garay (25); and
Fabian Mora Mora (19). On Oct 28, 2013, Garay was sentenced to life
(AP, 3/29/12)(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2012 Mar 27, In Egypt liberal
and leftist parties announced that they have pulled out of a panel
drafting Egypt's new constitution, accusing Islamists of
monopolizing the process that will deliver the country's
post-revolution charter. Cairo's Administrative Court began looking
into the legitimacy of the constitutional panel after lawsuits were
filed by several legal experts who argue that the constitution
cannot be drafted by those whose role it will define.
2012 Mar 27, In India Maoists
insurgents killed 12 paramilitary officers and injured 28 others in
a landmine blast in Maharashtra state, marking the rebels' third
high-profile strike this month.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A2)(Econ, 3/31/12,
2012 Mar 27, In Indonesia
thousands protested nationwide to reject the government's plan to
hike the subsidized fuel price, with sporadic violence breaking out
and injuring several people.
2012 Mar 27, A cloud of
explosive natural gas boiling out of the North Sea from a leak at
Total's abandoned Elgin platform forced wider evacuations off the
Scottish coast as the French firm warned it may take six months to
halt the flow.
2012 Mar 27, In Israel Shaul
Mofaz, a former military chief and defense minister, captured 62% of
the votes the race for Kadima Party chief, trouncing Tzipi Livni,
who took 37%.
2012 Mar 27, An Israeli army
game caused a melee at a home in the West Bank village of Rammun. 3
brothers including Rashad Shawakha, stood to defend their home.
Rashad was wounded by two intruders posing as Arabs ands died of his
wounds on April 2.
2012 Mar 27, In Jamaica some 60
protesters who gathered outside the security ministry in a rare
street demonstration to demand an end to police shootings. A March
16 raid in the poor Cassava Piece neighborhood Diane Gordon, a
mother of two, was fatally shot in the head on the street as she
returned from a child's wake. Police said Gordon was killed during a
shootout between officers and gunmen, but residents deny there were
gunmen in the area. There have been roughly 50 police killings in
Jamaica so far this year, nearly 30 of them in March.
2012 Mar 27, In Mali the
military junta lifted a curfew imposed after its coup 5 days
earlier. Coup leaders presented a new constitution consisting of 69
articles. The first part appeared to be lifted from the country's
current constitution, including the guarantees of free speech,
liberty of movement and freedom of thought. The middle and final
sections set out the role of the military committee now controlling
the country, which calls itself the National Committee for the
Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State.
ECOWAS in an emergency meeting again demanded the immediate
restoration of constitutional order in Bamako.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012 Mar 27, Pakistan was
reported to have banned India's James Bond, outlawing a high-octane
Bollywood action flick in which an Indian secret agent thwarts
Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi. Agent Vinod
grossed $9.7 million on its opening weekend. It showed an Indian
agent jetting around the world, dodging assassins to save his
country from nuclear armageddon plotted by rogue Pakistani spies and
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen
and arsonists went on the rampage in Karachi, killing at least eight
people and setting dozens of vehicles alight. The unrest was sparked
by the murder of a party worker and his brother the previous
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan Sobia
Bibi (25), a mother of one child, was doused with petrol and burned
alive in a dispute with her husband's family. Her 90-year-old
mother-in-law was among those later named as suspects in Narowal
district, northeast Lahore.
2012 Mar 27, In South Korea
world leaders including US President Barack Obama called for strong
steps to combat nuclear terrorism, wrapping up a 53-nation summit
overshadowed by North Korea's planned rocket launch.
2012 Mar 27, South Sudan said
Sudan's military bombed oil fields in the town of Bentiu.
2012 Mar 27, Spanish police
arrested a suspected member of al-Qaida, identified as M.H.A. M.H.A.
– born in Jordan with Saudi citizenship, who was key to the terror
group's Internet propaganda and recruiting operations.
2012 Mar 27, In Sudan 3 people
were killed, including one apparently shot dead by government
troops, in a dispute over a market in the Darfur region.
2012 Mar 27, Swiss authorities
said five out of every 1,000 deaths in Switzerland now involve
assisted suicide, with women more likely to die this way than men.
2012 Mar 27, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad toured the flashpoint Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs.
A spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan said Syria has accepted his
6-point plan to end the bloodshed in the country. Syrian security
forces reportedly killed 10 people as the regime pushed to retake
areas still under rebel control.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AP, 3/27/12)
2013 Mar 27, Eric Harroun of
Phoenix, Az., was arrested at Dulles Int’l. Airport upon returning
to the US from Turkey, where he had described to FBI agents his
journey to the front lines of Syria's civil war with fighters from
the al-Nusra Front, a designated terrorist organization also
referred to as al Qaeda in Iraq. Harroun served in the US Army from
2000 to 2003.
2013 Mar 27, The California
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control said a toxic waste dump site near
Kettleman city has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to
report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last 4 years.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.D7)
2013 Mar 27, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam said he would not expand Medicaid in his state joining
18 other Republican governors who have rejected expansion for now.
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A9)
2013 Mar 27, A team of int’l.
scientists reported the discovery of dozens of signposts in DNA that
can help reveal a person’s risk for breast, ovarian or prostate
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 27, An Afghan teenager
killed US soldier Sgt. Michael Cable (26) in Nangarhar province by
stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local
children. The young man escaped to nearby Pakistan.
2013 Mar 27, The Bank of
England said that its recommendations for Britain's banks to plug a
25 billion-pound capital shortfall by December won't call on further
2013 Mar 27, Abu Qatada, a
radical Muslim cleric, thwarted another effort by Britain to have
him deported to Jordan after a court accepted arguments that he
would face testimony obtained by torture.
2013 Mar 27, It was reported
the Ecuador planned to auction off 7.4 million acres of Amazon rain
forest to Chinese oil companies. 7 indigenous groups said they had
not consented to the projects.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 27, Egypt's naval
forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an
undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean. Telecom executives
meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to
another cable by a ship.
2013 Mar 27, An Egyptian
appeals court annulled a November presidential decree dismissing the
country's top prosecutor and ordered him reinstated.
2013 Mar 27, In Germany work
crews backed by about 250 police removed parts of the Berlin Wall
known as the East Side Gallery before dawn to make way for an
upscale building project, despite demands by protesters that the
site be preserved.
2013 Mar 27, In Iraq a
parked car bomb ripped through a residential area in the town of
Musayyib, killing three civilians and wounding 14. Another bomb
targeted a restaurant in the town of Madain, killing two people and
2013 Mar 27, In Japan Takafumi
Horie, the former chief executive of Internet portal Livedoor, was
released from prison. He was jailed in 2011 for fraud. While in
prison he gathered almost one million Twitter followers.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.74)
2013 Mar 27, In northern Mali
the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA,
announced that Mohamed Aly Ag Al Bessati would serve as the civil
administrator for Kidal.
2013 Mar 27, In Mexico hundreds
of armed vigilantes took control of Tierra Colorado, a town on a
major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting
local police officers and searching homes in response to the March
25 killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal (28).
Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach
for Easter week.
2013 Mar 27, In central Nigeria
an assault on a village in the Riyom local government area killed 28
2013 Mar 27, North Korea cut
its last military hotline with Seoul, a link that has been essential
in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation: an
industrial complex in the North that employs hundreds of workers
from the South.
2013 Mar 27, In South Africa
leaders of the five BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China,
South Africa) agreed to create a development bank to help fund their
$4.5 trillion infrastructure programs — a direct challenge to the
World Bank that they accuse of Western bias.
2013 Mar 27, A Sri Lanka judge
announced that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a
mass grave Lanka were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening
suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at
the time. The skeletal remains were found inside the premises of a
government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990.
2013 Mar 27, Syria's Pres.
Assad appealed o the leaders of a five-nation economic forum meeting
in South Africa to help end his country's two-year conflict. Assad
sent a letter urging the leaders of the five nation BRICS forum —
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to "work for an
immediate cessation of violence. The Observatory said rebels overran
three army posts near Bir Ajam.
2013 Mar 27, A magnitude 6.1
earthquake struck central Taiwan, killing at one person and injuring
19 as it damaged buildings on the island.
2013 Mar 27, Zimbabwe's High
Court freed on bail four senior officials from PM Morgan
Tsvangirai's party accused of illegally collecting information on
high level corruption.